Did you know that where you tie your bow on your traditional dirndl apron can tell people about your relationship status? True story.

girl with short curly hair wearing a black dirndl with black apron and white off-the-shoulder blouse

Dirndl aprons are full-length aprons that are traditionally worn in Germany. They feature a skirt-like shape and often have intricate detailing such as pleats, ruffles, lace or even embroidery. Dirndl aprons can be tied at the waist with either a bow or a knot. The type of knot or bow you use can indicate your relationship status, so that potential partners can know whether or not they can approach you!

girl wearing a sage green satin dirndl with a matching dirndl apron and white dirndl blouse in front of a wooden fence

So which direction means what?

Bow on the Right Side 

According to tradition, a dirndl apron bow tied on the right means that you are taken... so in a serious relationship or married. 

Bow on the Left Side 

Tied on the left means that you are single and ready to mingle babay! 

Tied in the Center

Tied in the center front means that you are a virgin. 

Tied in the Back

Tied in the center back means that you are waitressing or windowed. This one I don't really know about though because sometimes those apron ties are just not long enough to tie in a nice bow in the front... so... ya...  

Whichever way you choose to tie your bow or knot, it’s important to remember that tradition still holds strong in Germany.

woman wearing a blush pink dirndl, white blouse with longer sleeves and beaded elegant dirndl apron


Not sure how to tie your bow?

It's quite simple. When it comes to tying a dirndl apron bow, there is no one-size-fits-all approach or technique. It may seem difficult at first, but with a little practice, it's easy to master.

I'm going to show you how to tie the perfect apron bow so that you can do it perfectly each time. Whether it's the Everyday 18" Long Apron, Leopard Print Mini Apron, or any of our other amazing styles, the steps are all the same.

woman wear a plus size dirndl with a pink apron tied on the left with a white blouse and a floral crown

No matter if you're tying your apron for yourself or someone else, it will always look flawless! With just a few easy steps, you can tie your dirndl apron like an expert and have a stunning bow decorating your Rare Dirndl apron in no time at all! Learn more here.

different places to tie your dirndl apron. 4 images of dirndls with the bows tied to the right, left, center back and center front.

How serious do people take these rules?

I'm not too sure. At Oktoberfest, I'm pretty sure that where you tie your bow is common knowledge, so if you're looking to find a date, don't tie your bow on the right.

Here in the US, I'm not sure how many people know about the "rules of apron tying." So at the end of the day it's just about personal preference if you ask me. Sometimes the eye catching pattern on the apron would be covered up if you tie the bow on a certain side, so meh... it's really up to you I guess.

blogger ashley wearing a blush pink dirndl with blue velvet apron in the middle of oktoberfest in munich

What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic. Did you know about the bow location rules? Do you follow them? Let me know in the comments.

girl wearing a white and grey dirndl with white blouse and teal apron twirling on a bridge

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close up image of an apron bow tied on an authentic dirndl
August 02, 2016 — Erika Neumayer


Davina Elaine Hockin said:

I “should” tie mine at the back, but never could tie anything behind me – unless I don’t use the belt loops each side of my dress….and cheat by tying with the apron behind me, then sliding it all round to my front ..!

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